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From the Land of Band Box Records

 Gary Stites & Rockin Rhythm Kings - 1958

Gary Stites grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado – His family is still there to this day – Wheat Ridge  borders north Denver and Arvada.  He attended Wheat Ridge High School as did Dean Reed, and most members of The Action Brass.  Information on his backing group is sketchy at best but a Band Box artist gave it his best shot providing me with some of the names below (please provide updates if you have them).  I have elected to include Gary’s solo discography here as well – just because!  Gary has been rumored to have participated in some of Ronny Kae’s recording sessions at Band Box Records.

The curious “Birdwatcher” endeavor occurred down in Fort Lauderdale in about 1965 – after Gary had migrated to that state.  It was a one-time shot and that was that.  The Birdwatchers had recorded several tracks prior to Gary’s arrival.

I received word from David Wood – guitar player who appeared at the Exodus and recorded with Band Box artist Walt Conley, that two additional members of Gary’s backing Satellites at various times were guitarist Jimmy Acker and then guitarist Tommy Sherman.

Stites, Gary - 07-59 - A Girl Like You

Gary Stites Billboard Ad for “A Girl Like You” b/w “Hey Little Girl” – from July, 1959

Stites, Gary & Comets - 09-66 - Hurting

Gary Stites Billboard Ad for “Hurting” – September, 1966

STITES - SHEET MUSIC

Gary Stites Sheet Music for “Lonely For You” – 1959

Group Members:

Gary Stites – vocals (Rockin’ Rhythm Kings – Gary Stites and The Birdwatchers)
Ken Gillette – drums
Bobby Leo – Sax
Jimmy Acker – guitar
Tommy Sherman – guitar

Sam Severin – Vocals
Donny Stites

(Note: Larry Higgins and others agree that Donny Stites – younger brother of Gary – fronted his own version of the Satellites for a brief time – and they may have even recorded a single on a national label.)

45 – Carlton 508 – Lonely For You/Shine That Ring – Charted April 13th, 1959 – 14 Weeks – Peaks #24

Stites, Gary - Carlton 508 - 59 - A Stites, Gary - Carlton 508 - 59 - B
45 – Carlton 516 – A Girl Like You/Hey Little Girl – Charted July 20th, 1959 – 5 Weeks – Peaks #80

Stites, Gary - Carlton 516 - 59 A

CARLTON 516 - STITES GARY - GIRL LIKE YOU RED CARLTON 516 - STITES GARY - HEY LITTLE GIRL RED
45 – Carlton 521 – Starry Eyed/Without Your Love – Charted November 2nd, 1959 – 7 Weeks – Peaks #77

Stites, Gary - Carlton 521 - 59 AStites, Gary - Carlton 521 - 59 B
45 – Carlton 525 – Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye – Charted February 22nd, 1960 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #47

Stites, Gary - Carlton 25 - 60 - AStites, Gary - Carlton 525 - 60 - B

CARLTON 525 - STITES GARY - A CARLTON 525 - STITES GARY - B

45 – Carlton 529 – Gloria Lee/Hey, Hey

CARLTON 529 - STITES GARY - HEY HEY CARLTON 529 - STITES GARY - GLORIA LEE

STITES GARY - CARLTON 529 RED A STITES GARY - CARLTON 529 RED B

45 – Carlton Canada 508 – Lonely for You b/w Shine That Ring (Note Spelling deviation of Stites’ first name)

STITES GARRY - CARLTON CANDA 508 A STITES GARRY - CARLTON CANDA 508 B

45 – Madison 138 – Little Tear/Young Love – 1961

Stites, Gary - Madison 138 - 60 - A Stites, Gary - Madison 138 - 60 - B
45 – Madison 155 – Honey Girl/Little Lonely One – 1961

Stites, Gary - Madison 155 - 61 - B Stites, Gary - Madison 155 - 61 - A
45 – Mr.. Peeke 122 – Only a Fool Would Say/You Doubted Me – 1962

STITES GARY - MR PEAKE DJ A STITES GARY - MR PEAKE DJ B

Stites, Gary - Mr. Peeke 122 - 62 - AStites, Gary - Mr. Peeke 122 - 62 - B

45 – Mala 474 – Find Yourself Another Fool/You’ve Known So Many (I’ve Known So Few) – 1964

MALA 474 - STITES GARY - NEW (1) MALA 474 - STITES GARY - NEW (2)

45 – Living Legend 101 – Real Appeal/While I’m Gone

LIVING LEGEND 101 - STITES GARY - NEW (1) LIVING LEGEND 101 - STITES GARY - NEW (2)
45 – Epic 5-10064 – Hurting/Thinking of You – Charted October 8th, 1966 – 1 Week – Peaks #123

Stites, Gary - Epic 10064 - 66 - B Stites, Gary - Epic 10064 - 66 - A

45 – DMG 4001 – (The Satellites) Each Night b/w Dark Town Strutter’s Ball

This was the group after Gary’s departure and most likely included his younger brother Donny

Satellites - DMG 4001 - 60 A Satellites - DMG 4001 - 60 B

45 – Jeannie 5006 – Reissue Series – Help Me Make It Through the Night (Sammi Smith) b/w Lonely For You by Gary Stites

JEANNIE 5005 - SMITH, SAMMI - MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT JEANNIE 5005 - STITES, GARY - LONELY FOR YOU

45 – Good Old Gold 136 (Reissue Series) – The All American Boy by Bill Parsons b/w Lonely For You

STITES GARY - GOOD OLD GOLD A STITES GARY - GOOD OLD GOLD B

45 – London UK 8881 – Lonely For You b/w Shine That Ring – 1959

STITES GARY - LONDON 8881 UK 1959 A (1) STITES GARY - LONDON 8881 UK 1959 A (2)

45 – London UK 9003 – Starry Eyed b/w Without Your Love – 1959

STITES GARY - LONDON 9003 UK - 59 A STITES GARY - LONDON 9003 UK - 59 B

45 – London UK 9082 – Lawdy Miss Clawdy b/w Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye – 1960

STITES GARY - LONDON 9082 - UK 62 A STITES GARY - LONDON 9082 - UK 62 B

45 – London Australia 1528 – Lonely For You b/w Shine That Ring

STITES - LONDON AUSTRALIA 1528 A STITES - LONDON AUSTRALIA 1528 B

45 – Top Rank Australia 22 – Little Lonely One b/w Honey Girl

STITES GARY - AUSTRALIA TOP RANK 61 A STITES GARY - AUSTRALIA TOP RANK 61 B

45 – London Germany 20312 – Starry Eyed b/w Without Your Love

STITES GARY - GERMANY LON20313 GERM A STITES GARY - GERMANY LON20313 GERM B

45 – The Beat Goes On Canada 6742 – My Colouring Book (Sandy Stewart) b/w Lonely for You

STITES - BEAT GOES CANADA 6742 - A STITES - BEAT GOES CANADA 6742 - B

LP – Carlton 12-120 – Lonely For You – 1959 (Mon0)

Carlton 120 - Stites, Gary - Lonely for YouSTITES GARY

STITES - CARLTON 120 - A (1) STITES - CARLTON 120 - A (2)

LP – Carlton 120 – Lonely for You (Stereo)

Stites, Gary - Carlton - Lonely for You

Gary Stites on YouTube performing “Starry Eyed”

Gary Stites Living Legend Label

Gary started up this label while residing in the State of Florida:

STITES LIVING LEGEND 102 A STITES LIVING LEGEND 102 B

STITES LIVING LEGEND 100 A STITES LIVING LEGEND 108 A

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